Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media Collects Stories of Occupy Movement

Posted: December 21, 2011 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

By Robin Herron

“I Am Occupy Boston,” Occupy Archive, accessed Dec. 19, 2011,

If there were any doubt that the Occupy demonstrations constitute a movement, one has only to look at Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) #OccupyArchive site, which launched in November, to be convinced.

The archive is “an effort to collect, preserve, and share the stories and born-digital materials of Occupy Wall Street and the associated Occupy movements around the world,” CHNM says on its website.

As with other such CHNM digital archives, anyone may offer their reflections on the occupations or contribute a document, an image, a video or an audio recording. See the “Share” page to do so.

Not solely an American phenomenon, the archive shows that the movement has spread to Namibia, the Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Spain and other countries around the world.

According to CHNM, the collections were built through individual contributions and automated feed reporting.

The archive recently attracted the attention of the international publication The Economist, which wrote about it in this Dec. 7 article, commenting, “It takes a nimble staff and savvy tools to find and organize this instant history.”

The #OccupyArchive, which was constructed using CHNM’s Omeka web publishing program, was developed through the efforts of volunteers from CHNM and Mason’s History and Art History Department.

The site builds upon the experiences and techniques developed in CHNM’s previous digital archive projects, such as the September 11th Digital Archive, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, the Bracero History Archive and the Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800.

For more information on the #OccupyArchive, use the site’s contact form,


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